Beauty, Healing & Tea in Omaha, NE
Unique Tea Bar with Mandala Art (preserved under glass)
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The OM Center Rental Space ("Magic Room")
Detail of Tea Bar
Relaxing Massage Room
A Woman with a Vision
Sandy Aquila wanted to offer the community a place full of beauty, holistic healing and positive energy. When her mother inherited a fabulous antique shop from her brother, both women worked hard to start the transformation. It wasn't easy clearing out the wall to wall antiques and doing major renovation, but the effort paid off.
According to Sandy, it's important to create a beautiful atmosphere because of its healing properties the moment a person walks into the space. She explained that "when we see beauty in anything- Nature, humans or architecture- it has a specific vibration or energy that resonates within our essence and acts as a tuning fork (or like two strings on a guitar) to reset our own spirit,a reminder of who and what we are ourselves- Beings of Beauty."
For the last 25 years, Sandy has sponsored the Tibetan monks. Most are refugees from India since their monasteries have been overtaken by the Chinese government. These displaced monks have turned a negative situation into positive one by traveling abroad to educate and enlighten others through musical and artistic performances. For example, the amazing Mandala art beneath the tea counter was created in one day by the Tibetan monks.
There are several trained professionals who offer a wide range of healing therapies at the OM Center such as massage, acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, reflexology, etc. Spacious rooms downstairs have been dedicated to these services, and they are very quiet, comfortable and private. Information on hours, description of services offered, and prices are listed on each individual's website, which can be accessed from the OM Center's main website (listed below).
One does not need to have an appointment to enjoy the OM Center, however. The tea bar invites you to sit and relax for a bit while you enjoy a steaming cup of herbal tea. Lovely jewelry, exotic home accessories, imported soaps, herbal remedies and delicious teas are for sale in the shop.
Perhaps what impressed me most about the OM Center was the OM Rental Space. When I first stepped into this space, I got goosebumps and felt an immediate sense of peace and serenity. I liked how the sunlight filtered through the glass roof and made the wood floors gleam. I also admired the juxtaposition of old mellow bricks against crisp new stucco.
Sandy later explained why I had such an intense reaction to this room (which I now refer to as the "Magic Room"). Before laying down the floors, several priests of various cultures such as Native American, Buddhist, etc.,actually blessed the space. Written intentions and wishes along with photos of sacred spots around the world were placed on the old floor before the new floor was laid on top. Tibetan priests also wrote mantras and prayers that were affixed to each of the four corners in the room before the plaster was applied.
The OM Center Rental Space is indeed a special venue within the city of Omaha, and I cannot think of a more appropriate place to hold a wedding reception, seminar or any important event. Rates are reasonable. This Rental Space also hosts various cultural and educational events which are available to the public. Please subscribe to the OM Center Facebook page for upcoming events: http://www.facebook.com/om.center.5?fref=ts
The OM Center is located on 1216 Howard Street in Omaha, NE
Tel. 402 345 5078
The OM Center is truly a gift to the community. If you're ever in Omaha, put the OM Center on your must-see list, sit at the world's only Mandala art tea bar, and don't forget to peek into the Magic Room. As always, thank you for reading.
C. De Melo
Author & Artist
Arial View of OM Center
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